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Charles Alexander (football player)

Charles Alexander
Date of birth: (1957-07-28) July 28, 1957 (age 56)
Place of birth: Galveston, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick 12
As player:
1979-1985 College Football Hall of Fame

Charles Fred Alexander, Jr. (born July 28, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the late 1970s and 1980s. Alexander played college football for Louisiana State University, and received All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.[1]

Early years

Alexander was born in Galveston, Texas.

College career

Charles Alexander was a four-year letterwinner on the LSU Tigers football team. He was selected as a first-team All-American and All-SEC in 1977 and 1978. In 1977 he was selected the SEC Most Valuable Player by the Nashville Banner. Alexander set nine SEC records, tied one and set 27 LSU records during his college career. He still holds the LSU records for most rushes in a game (43), most yards in a season (1,686) and most yards gained per game in a season (153.3).[2]

Alexander set two Sun Bowl rushing records, carrying 31 times for 197 yards, as he won Offensive Player of the Game honors in the 1977 Sun Bowl. Despite Alexander's efforts, LSU fell to Stanford 24-14. He played his last game as a Tiger in the 1978 Liberty Bowl. Alexander gained 133 yards on 24 carries in the 20-15 loss to Missouri. In 1989, Alexander was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Selected 12th in the first round of the 1979 draft, his agent was Michael Trope, running back Charles Alexander would play seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was a member of the 1981 team that went 12-4, won the AFC Championship, and played in Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Michigan. In the Bengals divisional round win against the Buffalo Bills, he rushed for 72 yards, caught a pass for 10, and scored two touchdowns.

Alexander finished his career with 2,645 rushing yards, 165 receptions for 1,130 yards, and 15 touchdowns.


Alexander is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the 2012 class of inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame.


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